I know I’m usually pretty partial to female-fronted rock bands – how can I not be considering how rare they seem to be? One that I’ve been aware of but haven’t taken the time to look into is Halestorm. My brother and I were in the car a few days ago and their new single was on the radio and he was really into it. I was pretty surprised at his reaction – and at the song itself. I figured it was time to bite the bullet, so I’m going to have a listen to The Strange Case Of… by Halestorm.
The single in question, Love Bites [So Do I], opens the album in a vicious manner, showing that this band is not going to hold anything back. The drumming in this one is consistently amazing and the vocals show a really great range with delicacy and grunge. The lyrics/title are what make me chuckle. Love bites, but so do I, so do I. Very clever.
Right out of the gates, I Miss the Misery felt like a good song to me. It has an impactful beginning that tones it down a little for the first verse but then comes right back up by the time the chorus gets underway. The lyrics reflect feeling that the music gives. I don’t miss you, I miss the misery.
Beautiful With You is a really great change-up from the hard rock nature of the surrounding songs. This one is slowed down and really shows the vocal talents of Lzzy Hale.
As cheesy as it may be, I enjoy Daughters of Darkness. I think it’s the lyrics and the Kelly Clarkson mentality in a hard rock song. Daughters of darkness, sisters insane. A little evil goes a long, long way. We stand together, no we’re not afraid. We’ll live forever, daughters of darkness.
American Boys makes me realize this is what it would sound like if AC/DC and Poison were thrown in a blender with a touch of a female singer. It feels very classic rock all the way from the vocals to the guitar work.
For such a hard rock band, this album ends on an interesting note with Here’s To Us. While it feels like a wrap up song of something major, I have a hard time identifying this with the same band who produced some of those heavy hitters earlier in the album.
After this, I’m not too bummed I waited so long to check out this band. A few songs were pretty good, but I don’t feel like they’re anything ground-breaking and they won’t go on my favorite-band-alert list.
I Miss the Misery (track 3)
Break In (track 7)
Love Bites [So Do I] (track 1)